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Childhood of John the Baptist

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:34 am

Yohanan meets his Holy Tzaddik

When Yohanan was weaned and when he was old enough to go away from his mother, Elizabeth, his father, Zachariah, had a vision one morning during prayer. A great angel of God (El) appeared to him, and said to him, “The Eternal One (Yahweh Elohim) has sent me to you my brother, look and see the will of God (Elohim) and hear the word of your God (Elohenu).” As Zachariah gazed he saw two men traveling, walking with their staves and satchels, having a donkey with them, and he knew that they were holy men, prophets, who were sent by God for Yohanan, to take him with them. The angel said to Zachariah, “They will arrive soon, it is time.” Zachariah said to the angel of God, “Blessed be the Holy One, the Infinite and Eternal, and blessed be the Name of the Holy One! As the Lord (Adonai) wills it, so let it be, so it shall be done; the Lord is with this child and this child belongs to the Lord! Amen”

After the time of prayer Zachariah went to Elizabeth to tell her of the vision, and when he had recounted the vision to her she said to him, “Yes, my husband, I have seen the holy ones who are coming, their setting out and their arrival. In three days they will be here for the boy.” This affirmed what Zachariah had seen and heard, for it was well known that the spirit of prophecy was with Elizabeth and that she herself was a prophet.

They did not speak to Yohanan what was to come, but they knew in the Spirit it would be revealing what transpired when the holy ones arrived for Yohanan. Three days later they arrived at dawn, and the boy was waiting outside the house to greet and receive them, for he too knew they were coming, and in his heart and soul he had a deep bond with one of them, the one to whom he was given as a disciple who would be his teacher and guide, his Holy Tzaddik. On that morning Yohanan met Samuel Ben Israel, his Tzaddik, the head of the assembly of prophets that would raise him, one whom many considered the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Good Name, of the generation.

Zachariah and Elizabeth welcomed the two men into their home. The following day was the Holy Shabbat, so they celebrated the Shabbat together, and the morning after the Holy Shabbat Samuel and the disciple who was with him departed with Yohanan returning to their spiritual community in the wilderness of the desert. They placed the boy on the donkey and off they went to where their dwelling place, blessing Elizabeth and Zachariah as they left. It was in their community that Yohanan lived and was raised until he matured to become a man of God, and after that day he did not see his mother and father in this world again, though his angel would visit them in their dreams, and later in the heavens after they died.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:12 pm

The Community of Prophets

The assembly of prophets who raised Yohanan lived apart from the people in the wilderness of the desert. They had a number of dwellings surrounding a place of study and contemplation, prayer and meditation, and worship, at the base of mountains, and they had an altar of sacrifice as was the ancient way, and up in the mountains there were many caves. Samuel and the elders in his assembly lived in the community village, along with some of the sons and daughters of the prophets - their disciples, but many of the sons and daughters of the prophets with them lived in the hills, in caves, in spiritual retreat, abiding in vigils of prayer and meditation, only coming down from the hills when the Spirit sent them with a word of the Lord (Yahweh) or a vision for the people, or when a call was sent out for a gathering of the assembly at special times of teaching and worship.

There was Samuel ben Israel and three elders, and there were many disciples, sons and daughters of the prophets, gathered with them, young men and women to old men and women, but there were no children among them until Yohanan came into their community.

Samuel was recognized as a Baal Shem, Master of the Name, so often initiates would come to visit him from other assemblies of prophets scattered throughout the Holy Land and wilderness, they would come seeking teachings and spiritual empowerments, initiation into Works of the Chariot (Merkavah) and mysteries of the the Revealed Tradition (Kabbalah). They were a reclusive and secretive community, however, and so rarely received visitors other than those counted among the living prophets, and sons and daughters of the prophets; if there was a labor to be done for the people, or there was a word or vision to be conveyed, Samuel would travel to them, that or he would send two of his disciples together to take up the movement of the Spirit and to perform the spiritual work to be done.

Samuel taught the law and the prophets, but his inner teachings in the assembly was of the way of Abraham and Sarah, the way of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, which he called the “original way” and “ancient way”; and joined with this were his inmost teachings in the assembly, teachings of the way of Enoch.

Yohanan was virtually always with Samuel, save when set into retreat, or when Samuel went into retreat seeking visions, and as he grew Yohanan become the attendant to Samuel, his chosen successor in the lineage of prophets. As well as receiving visitors, at times Samuel would go to visit various assemblies of prophets, as well as spiritual communities that cherished freedom from the temple cult in Jerusalem, who also sought to live the spiritual life in the ancient way, the way of direct communion and revelation. When Samuel would travel, Yohanan would travel with him, and so Yohanan was exposed to the teachings of various holy ones, Tzaddikim, and always he listen intently to them and remembered all that he heard very well.

Such was the environment in which Yohanan was raised, and in which he was taught and initiated into the ways of the prophets, and he relished it and excelled in it, truly being a spiritually gifted child from his early youth; the hand of the Lord (Yahweh) was upon him, and it was clear to all who encountered him. Many would say that meeting him as a child was like meeting an angel from heaven.

Yohanan was much loved by the entire community, and there was never any jealousy because of the deep affection Samuel had for him and that he had for Samuel; it seemed to all quite natural, and it was clear that it was preordained and was God’s will.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#3 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:46 pm

Playmates of Yohanan

There were no children for Yohanan to play with when he was a little boy, save on the rare occasions he journeyed with Samuel to communities in which there were children. There were angels and spirits, though, that would visit him and play with him, and often birds of the air wild things would come and play with him and they were not afraid of him and would not harm him, but they seemed to have a deep bond with him and it seemed that he could speak with them mind to mind and heart to heart. There was also a dog that took to him, and it would follow him anywhere it was allowed to go, but if Yohanan went into an place the dog was not allowed to go it would lay down and wait for him until he returned.

As Yohanan grew older at times the spirits would give him their powers to play with and when they did it could be bit of a spectacle, for he could be something of a little trickster when playing with their magical powers. As the boy matured and the presence in him waxed stronger, eventually his Holy Tzaddik took issue with his flagrant play with the magical powers of spirits and would correct him, at times reminding of the Third Commandment regarding the Holy Name and rebuking him sharply.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:27 pm

Teachings imparted to Yohanan

Before Yohanan became recognized as a man of Israel his Holy Tzaddik instructed him in the Alef-Bet, and in the law and prophets, and all of the outer and fundamental mysteries of the revelation of God, the covenant and spiritual life. Yohanan, though, was often present when his Holy Tzaddik would preach and teach in the assembly, and he was often allowed to join in when Samuel would sit in mentoring with his disciples, and therefore even before he was recognized as a man at the age of thirteen Yohanan heard many teachings of inner and secret mysteries, and the ways of the ancient prophets, and he adored the deeper teachings, and absorbed and understood much that he heard. When Yohanan became recognized as a man of Israel, then Samuel began to impart direct instruction to him the the ways of the prophets, the ways of a Baal Shem - Master of the Name, and the Works of Creation and Works of the Chariot, the secret mysteries of Enoch and Melchizedek, and in the way of King Solomon, the knowledge and art of wonderworking. Whatever Samuel taught him or showed him Yohanan swiftly learned and understood, having natural skill and resonance, and very swiftly Yohanan was receiving visitations in dream and vision from secret Tzaddikim and supernal angels teaching and revealing to him concealed mysteries, expanding his knowledge and power well beyond that of any other disciple of Samuel and the elders.

After just three years of receiving the inner and secret teachings he was set to coming and going from the assembly, retreats in a cave in the hills, but more often as became his way, wanderings in the desert, stopping here and there as the Spirit inspired then continuing on his way. When he would return, he continued to receive teachings and blessings from Samuel, but he was also called upon to impart teachings in the assembly, and often he brought the word of the Lord (Yahweh) and visions to the assembly when he returned from wanderings in the Spirit, and he proved to be a gifted preacher filled with the Spirit of God.

After several years of coming and going with the Wind of God it came to pass that he entered into a profound spiritual realization (Mochin Gadlut), and he was not only able to teach, but initiate; the Living Presence in him was waxing strong, such that very often in his presence other initiates would spontaneously be taken up by the Holy Spirit, and it was not uncommon for the entire assembly to be set on fire with the Spirit radiating from him in the midst of devotions and worship.

As a relatively young man Yohanan was accounted as one having great wisdom, and was even thought of as like an elder in the assembly; there was a great knowledge and power of heaven in him, though always he held great reverence for his Holy Tzaddik and was humble before him in the presence of God (Elohim) and the community.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#5 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri Apr 28, 2017 4:07 pm

A Flying Carpet

Just after Samuel began teaching Yohanan the way of power, the way of King Solomon, in the midst of invocation, a sacred ritual, he was taken up by the spirit of folly, and it was seen by some in the assembly that he was riding on a prayer rug in the air, and the news of this reached Samuel, his Tzaddik, and Samuel sought him out and engaged is a fierce rebuke, inquiring of Yohanan, asking, “Are you little boy, or a man in Israel? Do you remember what the name of Israel means, or has a spirit of folly gotten into you so that you have forgotten the Holy Commandments and the way of the people of God, a holy people? Is this vanity a cause for the invocation of the Name of the Lord (Yahweh)? Do you know the end of those who take the Name of the Lord in vain, or for their own self-glorification? I will tell you this, I shall cut you off if you profane The Name (Ha-Shem) again, and I say to you, do not tempt the Lord your God (Yahweh Elohenu). Beware young man, and get your sense about you, and remember who you serve and why you are here! Return to God, and do not fall this again!”

After that day Samuel never needed to rebuke or correct Yohanan in such a way, but the heart of Yohanan awe and reverence pierced to its core, for he loved his Tzaddik, and the fear and love of the Eternal One (Yahweh) was, indeed, in him; he recognized the Deceiver, the Adversary fully, and it pained his heart, and his very soul, that even for a few moments he had given into the ‘Other’ and let that spirit of folly in, the spirit of the Other Side.

If such a lofty soul can be taken over, God have mercy upon us and God save us! Amen.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#6 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:29 am

The Cave of Yohanan

There was a cave up on the hills that Yohanan returned to again and again for spiritual retreat, to keep vigils of prayer and meditation, and deepen his communion with heaven and God. Food and drink would be brought up to those on retreat who were not involved in fasting, and the disciples who brought food and drink to Yohanan’s cave were often amazed by things they saw or heard as they approached the cave. Often they would encounter wild animals near the cave, as though standing watch, guarding the prophet. At times drawing near to the cave they would clearly hear two or three voices, Yohanan speaking with others whose voices they did not know, but when they came to the entrance of the cave there would swiftly be silence and no one would be with Yohanan. There was a period when a daughter of the prophets was serving Yohanan who had a great capacity to see in the Spirit, and she would recount seeing angels continually coming and going from the cave of Yohanan. There was another period when a son of the prophets was serving Yohanan, and he recounted seeing a great radiance issue from within the cave, and once when he dared to gaze within he saw Yonah appearing like an angelic being, his body radiant with heavenly glory, and surrounding the heavenly light seeing a most subtle and beautiful sphere heavenly fire. Seeing this he was taken up in the Spirit for some time and afterwards the spirit of prophecy became very strong with him. Truly, when Yohanan would go into spiritual seclusion and pray and meditate blessings would flow into the world. Once Samuel said of his most beloved disciple, “He is a pillar of heaven in the world, and his prayers sustain the world. He is one and there is another who is even greater, one who is the salvation of the world. I often ponder that precious holy one, but that one is concealed from me so long as I walk in this world.”
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#7 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:51 am

Wanderings of Yohanan

Yohanan was like a wind in the assembly of prophets, he would come and go as the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) moved him, and no one knew when he would come or when he would go, and no one knew where he would wander out in the wilderness of the desert. When he received the blessing of his Holy Tzaddik, Samuel, ‘to come and go,’ he fashioned a simple staff, and purse and a horn for oil of anointing, and he wore the garments common to the prophets of the assembly; and so with these things he would go out and wander. Whenever Yohanan wandered and returned to the assembly, always he had new teachings and revelations to share, and had words of the Lord (Yahweh) to speak and often visions for the faithful and chosen. It is as though he would return with a double portion of the Holy Spirit for the people and would be overflowing with the Spirit, and he would have much to give to others, communicating knowledge and power to them, and generating a greater fear of God (Elohim) and greater love of the Lord (Yahweh) in them, setting them on fire with the Holy Spirit.

In truth the community likely could not have endured the intense and fiery Living Presence with Yohanan if he did not go out from among them to wander alone, and did not restrict and conceal the greater glory and power of the Holy Shekinah that was with him, for as is known he was sent from the Side of Judgment and the End-Of-Days, and he was something of a firebrand as a prophet, well known for his fierce and passionate way of preaching.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptists

#8 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:38 am

The Passing of the Mantle & Death of Samuel

After some years Samuel grew old and the end of his life came, and just before his death he called Yohanan to him, and he blessed Yohanan in The Name (Yahweh) and he passed to him the mantle of the Baal Shem, saying, “With the witness of heaven and the Throne of Glory I return to you what the Lord has given to you and what is yours. It is time for it to be returned, and I pray the fullness of your soul shines from within you and God’s will be done through you.” He also passed to Yohanan the mantle of the leader of the assembly of prophets, the lineage of that community, and so when he died Yohanan assumed the place of Samuel.

Samuel ben Israel, in truth, was a great prophet, filled with the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim) and was the Baal Shem of his generation, the head of all of the assemblies of prophets ordained by the Supernal One (El Elyon). When he died a great light of heaven passed from the world, and many wonders were witnessed surrounding his death, and for some time many spoke of being visited by the angel of Samuel, blessed be his name and memory. Thus, there was a time of mourning in the community, and throughout the various assemblies of prophets. In that time of mourning Yohanan said to the people of the community, “Blessed are you who mourn, for you will know the comfort of heaven, and blessed are you who are poor in spirit, for you will be wealthy in the Spirit and well established in the World-To-Come.”

Yohanan took up leadership of the assembly while the community was in grief and it was the time of mourning, but when the time of mourning ended he passed the mantle of leadership to a gifted elder and prophet named Jared, though he did not pass the mantle of Baal Shem to Jared, but continue to carry that mantle as it was ordained by the Eternal One (Yahweh).

This was the beginning of Yohanan’s seven years of wandering in solitude, waiting on the Spirit of the Lord and heaven to set him into motion and send him to open the way before the Messiah. Having passed the mantle of leadership, Yohanan blessed the community and departed from it, never to return.

This was the time of the stirring of the Baptist and his seeking the vision he was to bring to the people.

So Yohanan came into being as Baal Shem, Master of the Name, head of the assemblies of prophets, and truly, though others would arise holding this knowledge and power after him, he was the last of his kind and with him the succession of the great prophets of ancient Israel would come to its end, all as God willed it.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptist

#9 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:16 am

Years of Solitude & Wandering

Yohanan spent seven years in solitude, wandering about in the wilderness of the desert, praying and meditating, and worshiping the Eternal God (Yahweh Elohim) in the wilderness, abiding in communion with creation, heaven and the Holy One. On occasion he would encounter travelers and caravans at the places of water and shelter in the desert and he would speak with them, and some would inquire about matters with him, recognizing he was a prophet, and some would seek a word of teaching from him or a blessing from him, and here and there he performed wonders for those he found in need, wonders of providing and healing. For the most part, though, he avoided people and preferred his solitude, for his time had not yet come, and he labored for the refinement and evolution of his spiritual realization that he might be prepared when the Eternal One and heaven called him into action, and during this time he was waiting on the Spirit of the Lord for the vision that he was to bring to the people. There was a particular wadi, however, that he often returned to and where he would take his rest from wandering, where he would stay for prolonged periods just abiding in the Living Presence, the Holy Shekinah, in that place. It was the place that the prophet Elijah took refuge and was fed by ravens, and it was from that place that the Spirit of the Lord (Ruach Yahweh) called Yohanan to ascend the sacred mountain when it was time to receive his vision for the people.
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#10 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:02 pm

Yohanan Made a Vision

After he wandered seven years in the wilderness of the desert the Spirit of the Lord (Ruach Yahweh) called Yohanan to the sacred mountain, and he ascended the mountain and engage in a time of fasting and prayer in a cave. As to Elijah before him, the Shekinah of Heaven descended and came to him, and he was given a vision for the people, and he himself was made a vision for the people, and the word of the Lord (Yahweh) of the coming of the kingdom of heaven, the Messiah, was placed into his mouth, and he was set into motion by the Spirit, driven to the Sacred Jordan.

There was a faithful woman to whom he was sent who wove him garments of camel’s hair, and with it he wore a leather belt he fashioned from leather she gave to him, and all that this old woman did for him she did as an offering to the Lord and with great devotion, for she herself was a solitary and prophet in that time of her life, though she had an inheritance of land and livestock, including camels, that servants tended for her and her daughter. When the Spirit moved Yohanan to depart from her, she offered him a camel, but Yohanan declined, saying, “The Wind of God will carry me, but I say to you, what you have offered to give have sold for you, and give the money as a redemption for one who is in need of redemption, and so you will see the angel of the Anointed of God come for you before your death and he will redeem you and receive you in his holy kingdom. I tell you, your redeemer has come and is coming, be ready for him!”

It was at this time that Yohanan began to feast upon locusts an wild honey, and with his camels hair garments and leather belt, he was made a vision for the people, so that just to see him was to receive something of the word of the Lord that was set into him and to glean something of his teaching.

Adorned in this way he went straight to the the Sacred Jordan and along the way he did not turn aside, to the right nor to the left, and he did not speak with anyone; as though out of nowhere he appeared at the Sacred Jordan, at the eastern boundary of the Holy Land, going to the place that he was sent, and he began to preach the word of the Lord given to him, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near!” Those who would listen and hear, and take action, he baptized.

Because of the Holy Shekinah, the Holy Spirit, that indwelled him and surrounded him he swiftly made a stirring in the land and news of a great prophet with the power of God like the holy ones of old quickly spread, and very soon crowds were coming out into the wilderness by the Sacred Jordan to see him and listen to him, the Spirit calling many to him. It was as though fire came down from heaven and a great wildfire was ignited in Israel.
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#11 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:53 am

The Mother of Yohanan

The Mother of Yohanan was Elizabeth and she was an old wise woman, an elder women sought out for spiritual counsel, and to some she served as their Holy Tzaddik, for she had knowledge of the ways of the prophets and the spirit of prophecy had been with her from her youth. She was the Holy Tzaddik to Mother Miriam, and so when Miriam conceived, having been visited by God (Elohim), straight away she went to Elizabeth and she stayed with Elizabeth for three months until the time of the birth of Yohanan was at hand.

When Elizabeth conceived there was a deep exchange of sparks between her soul and the soul of Elijah that had entered into her womb, and so she began to dream dreams and have visions that were far beyond those she had experienced before. She began to be drawn in ascent to the Throne of Glory, and able to enter into the Holy Palace of the Messiah, and every night her soul stood among the living ones in the Garden, communing with the Holy One. Thus, knowledge and understanding of what would come to pass between her son and the son of Miriam was given to her, and she was filled with the wisdom of the kingdom of heaven. As the child grew in her womb, so there was a greater and greater outpouring of Holy Light and Spirit upon her, and among women, truly, she was as the Holy Lamb of Heaven in her generation.

When Mother Miriam came to her, and the child in her womb leapt for joy, along with a movement of the spirit of prophecy she was filled with heavenly bliss, joy, such as she had never experience in this world, or in dream and vision, or flights of the soul. She would say of that moment, and the hours following, that she was blessed to taste and glimpse something of the World-That-Is-Coming as though she were physically in that supernal and eternal realm.

The birth of Yohanan was a gentle and swift movement, the pains of labor coming and going quickly, and it is said that for a time a heavenly light filled the room, the faces of the mother and child becoming radiant, and heavenly hosts filling the environment round about, singing praises in the worship of the Eternal God (Yahweh Elohim), witnessing and celebrating the great action of the Almighty (Shaddai) that was taking place on earth; and so there was light in that space for a time and those who were present saw the light and where blessed and uplifted by it. There was a dear friend of Elizabeth, and elder woman who served as midwife for her, who was taken up by the spirit of prophecy, and in the spirit she proclaimed, “Hallelu Yah! Rejoice, O Israel! Elijah has returned and the redeemer is coming! You are alive in the Day of the Lord, the time of promise!”

Yohanan was a lovely child, and very charismatic, and drawing near to him for the godly brought a sense of peace, but the ungodly, the wicked, were agitated in his presence and swiftly driven away. Elizabeth often saw heavenly hosts, as well as righteous and luminous spirits, draw near him and visit him, and she spoke of seeing a great angel from among the warriors of heaven always standing guard over him so that she knew he would not come to any harm as a boy. She delighted in the time that Yohanan was in her womb, and in the five years she spent with her beloved son, and all that she experienced and saw with him she cherished in her heart the remainder of her life.

On the day that Yohanan departed with the prophets, as the Holy One ordained, naturally there was a deep and abiding sorrow, and yet there was great joy, for she knew this would bring the fulfillment of her son and God’s will, and she understood what was to come into being between Yohanan and Yeshua, the coming of the kingdom of heaven, salvation.

A few years after Yohanan had departed Elizabeth gave up the ghost, dying in peace, and within a year following her death, so also Zachariah died. Needless to say the souls of these two noble and holy parents were well received in heaven and were uplifted into a lofty abode. Indeed, for the souls of Sarah and Abraham were in them, and already there had been a great realization in them, and so much more after fulfilling this mission they were blessed to take up.
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Re: Childhood of John the Baptist

#12 Postby Tau Malachi » Fri May 19, 2017 9:30 am

Secret Tzaddikim of Yohanan

Samuel ben Israel was the holy tzaddik of Yohanan, his spiritual teacher and guide in this world, but from his youth Yohanan also had secret tzaddikim, great souls from heaven and souls of those who had ascended who would visit him in dream and vision to instruct him and reveal hidden mysteries to him, and along with these were many maggidim, angels, that would visit him to minister to him and instruct him in their mysteries, the mysteries of heaven, sharing their knowledge and powers with him, and blessings him in the way. It is said that among the angels that would come to him were archangels and lofty angels from among the supernal princes (sarim).

Though Yohanan did not often speak of his communion with heaven and the ancient holy ones it is known the Enoch was his heart tzaddik, one with whom he shared a deep soul-bond, and that Enoch was among the secret tzaddikim who often came to him. This is why the Baptist had intimate knowledge of the way of Enoch, including complete knowledge of the supernal image of the angel of Enoch, and the knowledge and powers of the many names of that great supernal angel, the one who has is called “Little Yahweh” and “Prince of the Face.” As is known the angel of Enoch and angel of Elijah unified in the Holy Shekinah manifest as the angel of the Messiah, and so truly, as the holy tzaddik of the Messiah, it was given to Yohanan to hold the full knowledge of Enoch and his exalted holy angel.

This, of course, is common with great prophets and great holy ones, all have secret tzaddikim and entertain a secret communion with heaven and the angels; joined with movements of the Spirit of God this is how they are able to give new teachings and new revelations of secret wisdom. Praise God!
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